When a crisis like the coronavirus hits, we are all impacted, but it is the poorest and most marginalised communities around the world who suffer most. With our expertise in wash, sanitation and hygiene, Oxfam has been working around the clock in over 60 countries and regions to protect the poorest from the coronavirus and its impacts. As of the end of 2020, we have reached over 11.3 million people around the world.
Since late January 2020, we at Oxfam have been working tirelessly with our partner organisations, and poor and vulnerable groups to fight the pandemic in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. We have distributed face masks, hand sanitizer, rice and other relief items to low-income families, street cleaners, elderly people, and other vulnerable groups to address their needs and ease their financial burden.
The pandemic has not only been putting an unbearable burden on public health systems around the world, but could also be pushing hundreds of millions of people into poverty. Oxfam is calling on governments around the world to support ordinary workers and small businesses with economic stimulus packages. We are also urging leaders of wealthy nations to bail out developing countries and keep poor communities afloat.